Submitted by: Kim Brown - Derek's Mom
My Tribute: Derek was only 22 years young when he heroin overdosed on June 13th of this year. Derek was an educated, kindhearted, fun loving, adventurous young man with a great sense of humor and a love for life.
Derek's heroin addiction was over the last 2 years, and a longer history for alcohol and some other drugs. After a motorcycle accident in 2012, he would first turn to pills and later it would escalate to his drug of choice.
Rehabs, courts, correctional treatment facilities all became a way of life for our family. The struggles and battles of one facility to the next and then relapse after relapse was just our new normal. Our lives were inside out and outside in and we unfortunately were always waiting for the next time.
Our lives will never be the same without him to make us laugh, to make a funny face at the camera, to do some silly thing that you weren't expecting, to teach us to kind, and love one another. His dimpled grin and shining personality will be missed here, but I know that he is now at peace and no longer struggling.
I love you to the moon & back and miss you even more than that!